Harvey Weinstein 'Casting Couch' Statue Debuts Ahead of Oscars

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The disgraced movie mogul appeared in Los Angeles this week in statue form, splayed out on a golden "casting couch" clad in a bathrobe and clutching an Oscar statuette near his crotch. For many years the exploitation of many hopefuls and established names in the industry was brushed under the carpet with their complaints of harassment and sexual abuse being ignored or worse.

The statue is being called "The Casting Couch". The installment, which appeared on Thursday, was created by street artists Plastic Jesus and Joshua "Ginger" Monroe and is intended as a reminder of the film industry's dark underbelly.

The work is titled "Casting Couch".

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"With the Oscars on Sunday, you know there's going to be people arriving at the awards ceremony that may have covered up Harvey's deeds".

The life-sized Weinstein sculpture was on display today on Hollywood Boulevard.

"Hopefully now in the light of recent allegations against many leading figures in Hollywood the industry will clean up it's (sic) act", he said.

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Plastic Jesus said he and Monroe first considered a standing Weinstein statue but quickly chose to incorporate a chaise lounge. Visitors to the sculpture were sitting next to the faux Weinstein and taking selfies, turning it into an interactive installment.

The Oscar-winning producer is facing multiple claims of rape, intimidation and sexual harassment. The producer, who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, is now still in a rehab facility in Arizona, though he recently spoke out, apologizing to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence for using their names to dismiss a sexual misconduct class action suit.

The artist - whose real name is unknown - said it took two months to make the statue, and it was paid for by donations.

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